It's a brilliant way to encapsulate music as diverse as yours. All the members of your quintet hail from various heritages, and of course you're based in New Orleans. How much of this multicultural environment and heritage influences your music?
Growing up in New Orleans, you can't help but bathe in it. On any given night, you can listen to live music spanning a diverse range of styles (if you know where to look). New Orleans musicians are very versatile because they're always asked to play different styles of music. Because we all have a little knowledge in these various areas, I try to be as authentic as possible when incorporating various genres.
Authenticity is really important with creative projects. In what way have you gathered resources and strength from working in New Orleans (and with such organizations as Live Music NOLA)?
There is a huge degree of brotherhood and camaraderie in the New Orleans music scene not only between the musicians but between the various local organizations. My collaborations with the Greenhouse Collective, Live Music NOLA, and the Positive Vibrations Foundation have always been mutually beneficial. Working together is the only way to get anywhere in this world, and tackling the music industry is no easy feat.
[This interview is continued at the following link, "Part 2".]